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A work of art showing the courage and
suffering of the first Anzacs is expected to
reach $200,000 at auction next month.
Simpson and his Donkey, sometimes
called The Man with the Donkey, depicted
a medical orderly supporting a badly
wounded Anzac soldier on the way down
the Gallipoli hill to a medical post.
The painting by New Zealand soldier and
artist Horace Moore-Jones showed New
Zealand stretcher bearer, Waihi-born Dick
Mr Henderson was a teacher in Auckland
and lied about his age in order to join the
army when he was 19.
Simpson and his Donkey will be
auctioned at Parnell’s International Art
Centre on March 25, a month before the
centenary of the ill-fated Gallipoli landing.
The painting also showed the bravery of
Englishman John Simpson Kirkpatrick,
who enlisted in the Australian Imperial
Forces when World War One broke out.
“Simpson ignored the flak, and the rifle
and machine gun bullets and was often
heard whistling as he helped the often
barely-conscious soldiers on his errands of
mercy,” the International Art Centre said.
“ He lasted less than a month. On May
19, a Turkish bullet struck him in the heart
and he died instantly.”
Mr Henderson took over when Mr
Simpson was killed.
The International Art Centre said
Moore-Jones was thought to have painted
six versions of Simpson and his Donkey.
The painting to be auctioned was the last
in private hands.
Richard Thomson, International Art
Centre director, said it was an extremely
rare offering and “represented the heart” of
the Anzac tradition.
A photograph taken by fellow New
Zealand James Jackson provided a template
for the painting.
The International Art Centre said next
month’s auction would also include other
important works by World War One
artists, such as John Weeks, Alfred Avery
Forrester and Frank Barnes.
April 25 marks the centenary of the
Gallipoli landings. On that day in
1915, thousands of New Zealanders
and Australians stormed the Gallipoli
Peninsula in present-day Turkey.
According to the Ministry for Culture
and Heritage, at least 87,000 Ottoman
soldiers and 44,000 Allied soldiers were
killed in the eight-month campaign.
Among the dead were 2779 New
Zealanders, about one-fifth of all those
who landed on the peninsula.
Anzac ar t tipped to reach $200,000
Helicopters affected by the largest
grounding in New Zealand aviation history
following a fatal accident have been cleared
to fly again.
On Saturday, the Civil Aviation Authority
ordered all people operating Robinson R44
machines fitted with a C016-7 ‘Dash 7’ main
rotor blade to stop flying the choppers.
This followed the deadly accident in Otago’s
Lochy River basin last Thursday.
Wanaka resident Stephen Anthony
Nicholson Combe, 42, and James Louis
Patterson Gardner, an 18-year-old from
Queenstown, were killed in the accident.
Both men worked for Queenstown
helicopter company Over the Top.
After the crash, sections of the helicopter’s
main rotor blade were sent to Wellington for
Investigators have now determined the
Dash 7 rotor was not to blame for the crash.
“The blade retrieved from the Lochy River
had failed due to overloading — probably due
to impact damage,” Civil Aviation director
Graeme Harris said.
“ It was highly likely that it was damaged
during the accident sequence rather than
being the failure that initiated the accident,”
“ Now that we have established that the
blade failure in the Lochy River basin was
the consequence of the accident rather than
its cause, I am satisfied the precautionary
grounding of aircraft with the Dash 7
blade can be safely removed.” Today’s
announcement will be welcome news for
New Zealand operators whose aircraft were
grounded. This week, operators had raised
concerns about an uncertain wait and the
possibility of financial losses.
The grounding affected 80 aircraft — the
largest in New Zealand aviation history.
The R44 is among the most common
helicopters in the world and is widely used
in New Zealand’s agriculture and tourism
Robinson R44s are light, four-seater
helicopters capable of achieving a top cruising
speed of about 217kph. — NZ ME
to f ly again
The Labour Party is accusing the
Prime Minister of double standards as
more detail emerges about John Key ’s
relationship with businessman Donghua
Mr Key has been forced to confirm
a National Party fundraising dinner
at which he met Mr Liu was held at
the businessman’s home, Radio New
Zealand reported last evening.
Last year Mr Key was quick to spread
rumours that Mr Liu had been a big
donor to the Labour Party, even though
there was no evidence he had given any
money to the Opposition.
That came after Maurice Williamson
was forced to resign as a minister when
it was revealed he had called police after
Mr Liu had been arrested on domestic
After the Prime Minister visited Mr
Liu’s home the businessman donated
$25,000 to Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross’s
2014 election campaign.
The Labour Party MP and former
leader David Cunliffe said Labour was
hurt by last year’s allegations of its links
to Mr Liu, and he was not impressed
with the latest revelations about Mr
Key ’s links.
“ I think it’s been a very disappointing
issue. Disappointing firstly that the
National Party was clearly telling porkies
while they were on the take and secondly
that media swallowed it uncritically,” Mr
Mr Ross said he had subsequently
returned the money he received from
“ He made a donation. The donation
was not used in the 2014 campaign so it
was given back to him. I wouldn’t call it
a Cabinet Club dinner.
“The donation went into an account
called Botany Cabinet Club but it wasn’t
really a Botany Cabinet Club dinner,” he
Yesterday Mr Key said he believed the
fundraiser at the businessman’s house
had been a Cabinet Club dinner.
Cabinet clubs have been set up by
National Party electorate organisations
and enable donors to have access to
senior party figures, including ministers,
in return for giving substantial sums of
money to the party.
Mr Key rejected Labour Party criticism
about his involvement with Mr Liu.
“There’s nothing new here. We were
asked last year whether we went on a
fundraising dinner. We said we did.
That ’s a statement of fact.
“Actually as it turns out it’s not a
fundraising dinner because the money
was given back. No one asked that
question (whether the dinner was at Mr
Liu’s house). We go to lots of different
homes, we go to lots of different places.
“ It ’s not relevant. I mean in the end
we’ve either gone to a fundraising dinner
or we haven’t,” he said.
Mr Key said while he attended
National Party fundraising events,
including dinners, he had no knowledge
of what money was raised.
But Labour Party leader Andrew Little
said Mr Key ’s answers on the matter
were not convincing.
“ Last year it wasn’t a Cabinet Club.
Now we seem to think it was a Cabinet
Club and then perhaps it wasn’t a
Cabinet Club. It was in somebody’s
“ It just goes to the way, I think, John
Key deals with issues like this. It ’s
minimal information, minimal fronting
up until other information comes out
and then he opens up and we get a
bit more of the truth. It’s not a very
satisfactory way for our Prime Minister
Mr Little said it looked like Mr
Ross returned the $25,000 donation
from Mr Liu only when National
became embarrassed by its links to the
PM of double
standards over Liu
A teenager has been
arrested in relation to a
fatal shooting of a man
outside a south Hamilton
home, but police have
warned that a second
suspect remains at
large and should not be
Thompson, 29, of
Hamilton, was shot last
Friday during an incident
in Melville, following
reports of an altercation
between several males. He
was shot at close range.
A 17-year-old was
arrested yesterday after
the Waikato armed
offenders squad raided
three homes in Te Rapa
and Nawton following
a tip-off from members
of the public, district
crime manager Detective
Inspector Karl Thornton
“As a result of a search
conducted at an Ellicott
Road address, one
17-year-old male was
arrested and is currently
being interviewed by
detectives,” he said.
The arrest was a “good
result ” for the progression
of the homicide
investigation — dubbed
‘Operation Botany ’ —
Mr Thornton said, but
police were still looking
for another teenager in
relation to the shooting.
“Police are seeking
the public’s assistance
in locating 17-year-old
Te Tomo, who is
believed to have access
to firearms and should
not be approached,” Mr
“A male Maori of
medium build and about
175cm tall, Rukuwai Te
Tomo has a distinctive
‘Mighty Mongrel Mob’
bulldog tattoo on the left
cheek of his face. Anyone
who recognises this man
is urged not to approach
him, but instead contact
police by phoning 111.”
Anyone with information
about the incident is
asked to contact the
Operation Botany team at
Hamilton Central Police
Station on 07 858 6200,
or anonymously contact
Crimestoppers on 0800
555111. — NZME
Teen arrested for
Two men have been
arrested and charged
with arson over two
Wellington fires in the
last few months.
Police said they had
arrested the men, aged
18 and 31, following a
fire at the Karori Scout
Hall in October last year
and another at the Karori
Mall in January.
The 18-year-old man
is facing two charges of
arson relating to both
fires, while the 31-year-
old man is facing a
single charge relating
to the Karori Mall fire,
detective sergeant Joshua
Both men appeared in
the Wellington District
Court yesterday and were
remanded on strict bail
conditions until their
next appearance in April.
Mr McAllum said he
hoped the arrests would
come as a relief to the
Wellington arson arrests
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